For some reason, I received an email this past Labor Day from the White House. I am not sure how theWhite House acquired my email address but, I guess I could ask the NSA. I was not alone as I'm sure this same email went out to millions of other Americans.
I decided to join in the fun and watch the video. As I expected, there were a lot of warm and fuzzy words and images of workers in factories. What came next, after 1 minute and 26 seconds really shocked me, the President of the United States said these words...
"reverse the forces that have conspired for decades against working Americans".
You can view the video here or click on the White House email image.
Who the heck was President Obama referring to when he used those exact words, "reverse the forces that have conspired for decades against working Americans"?
These words really bothered me; I could not believe what I was hearing. A Conspiracy? Did I miss something? Do you mean that all companies have been conspiring against their workers for decades Mr. President? If not companies, then who is conspiring against American workers? American workers made this country great, and for the most part they are well paid and respected.
In your video, I get the point about minimum wage; the reality is, no one I know gets paid minimum wage anymore. If an individual has a job and gets paid minimum wage, that's because that is what they are worth and the market place values their skills at. No one is forcing anyone in this country to work in a fast food restaurant for minimum wage. If you are good and work hard at any of these fast food chains, you move up the ladder. It is based on hard work and the willingness to commit to something that you want to be a part of.
Just ask anyone in business what they think of their employees (workers) and I think they will all say the same thing. Their employees are a very essential component to the success of their business. Most businessmen and companies treat their employees very well. So I am not buying these decade's long conspiracy against American workers that you are trying to sell, Mr. President.
Before you start thinking to yourself that I am a right wing extremist, listen to this speech that President John F. Kennedy gave at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on April 27, 1961, entitled: "The President and the Press". The speech was given before the American Newspaper Publishers Association. President Kennedy's speech is refreshing, and I totally support and agree with what he is saying.
We would love to hear your thoughts and comments on minimum wage or anything else that you can think of that effect business.